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Why You Should Replace Missing Teeth – The Effects of Multiple Tooth Loss

Losing a tooth is actually more common than you think.

An estimated 120 million people in the U.S. are missing at least one tooth. Losing just one tooth may not affect your ability to chew correctly or even impact your appearance. However, what you may not know is that when you replace missing teeth, the results can have a significant impact on your dental and whole body health.

What Happens When You Lose a Tooth?

When you have a tooth removed, the entire tooth is taken out, including the tooth root. The tooth roots help to keep you jawbone healthy and strong, ensuring old bone cells are continually renewed. When teeth are removed, your jawbone is gradually resorbed.

Jawbone loss can affect your dental health in several ways. Firstly, it can destabilize the teeth nearest the gap created by the missing tooth. Your surrounding teeth become less securely anchored in place. Your teeth shift and drift towards the empty spaces, causing problems with the way your teeth together.

As your bite changes, your jaw joints are placed under additional stress and are more likely to become painful and inflamed. An uneven or misaligned bite is one of the leading causes of TMJ or TMD pain.

The Unwanted Effects of Multiple Tooth Loss

Losing multiple teeth can increase the effects of bone loss. Your facial muscles are no longer supported, changing the dimensions of your facial structure and often creating a sunken-in appearance.

Equally as important, tooth loss can make it tricky to eat a nutritious diet. Many foods are off the menu entirely and may require a diet of softer foods for minimal chewing. When you loose the ability to chew correctly, you can harm your digestive system with foods that are not adequately chewed, or broken down. This often leads to missing essential nutrients needed for good general health and to fight infection and disease more efficiently.

Dental implants are the premier solution to replace missing teeth and help prevent jawbone loss. Dental implants emulate a tooth’s natural root, ensuring your new teeth are held firmly in place while supporting and protecting your remaining bone and natural teeth. Dental implants can also secure and stabilize dentures to give you the confidence to eat all the foods you love.

Ready to restore your smile?

Call us today to schedule a dental implant consultation with Dr. Low and learn more about how dental implants can protect your smile and your health.

About Dr Kevin Low

It could be argued that Dr.Kevin Low was born to be a dentist. Dr. Low has been around drills and prophy-paste his whole life, as his father was also a practicing dentist. As a teen, he would volunteer in his dad's dental office, and those days he spent watching his father work made him realize that dentistry was more than just drilling and filling. He watched patients come into his dad's office self-conscious, and leave as people who could not wait to show off their new smiles. Dr. Low saw the transformational impact restoring someone's smile had on their life, and knew he wanted to be the guy to do it.

Dr. Low began his journey by training in health sciences during his undergraduate years at Creighton University in Omaha. After receiving his undergraduate degree, he went on to the School of Dentistry, where he earned his degree as a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS). Armed with the knowledge and passion of a caring and skilled doctor, he began his search for the perfect place to practice.

In 2009 he landed the amazing position at Above and Beyond Dentistry and Implants. Having been raised on the West Coast, Dr. Low was happy to be back to the mild winters of the Pacific Northwest. Dr. Low loves where he works, and really considers it an honor to be able to practice what he loves every day.

Dr. Low boasts of having the best team in Washington at Above and Beyond Dentistry and Implants. His team exemplifies what it means to be in the healthcare profession. They are caring, gentle, and professional. They truly love working with the community members of Battle Ground, Washington. You won't find a better place to have your dental health taken care of than at Dr. Low's office.

Dr. Low also appreciates all things technology-based, and offers the most up to date procedures to his patients. He loves that he is in a place where he can transform his patients' smiles more comfortably than ever before. Dr. Low is making a difference, one smile at a time, and would love to be a lifelong partner in your oral health.

His story has truly come full circle, as he gets to transform the health and smiles of patients every day. He can‘t imagine doing anything else with his career.

Stop in and meet Dr. Low and his team, or give us a call at (360) 989-3717.

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(360) 369-4146
1908 NW 1st Way, Ste 105
Battle Ground, WA 98604